Always looking to the unusual, the interesting, the cutting edge, the art of a photography, the art of life.
My name is Nigel Aves. I’m an Englishman, but I live in Longmont, Colorado, USA. By way of Norway, Belgium, Holland and France, technically. Photography is my passion, and the thing that will undoubtedly drive me insane someday (though many would argue it already has). I don’t photograph subjects. I photograph the way they make me feel. Admittedly, it’s a bit of a strange concept. But it’s honest – and it’s probably the best way to describe my approach to the craft and art. I wrestle with every image I shoot, I try to imagine what was possible when I was closeted in a darkroom and working with many a fine toxic chemical (this could of course help explain the insanity aspect!). I assume perfection is possible and I want to wring it out of every picture. If that’s all you ever know about me, it’s enough to say you know me very, very well indeed.
When it comes to commissioned work I believe in working with you from the beginning, to create images that standout and add a taste of art to every photograph.
I believe in creating portraits that are prettier than the everyday life, but capture the essence of the person. But I also believe that capturing an image in a 1/120th of a second is the slightest slice of life that will exist forever.
Sometimes the realism of life never needs to be anything else.
There are three quotes that I have always believed every photographer should follow, one related to photography, one related to who you are and one related to the entire state of humanity.
"No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit." - Ansel Adams
"The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over." - Hunter S Thompson.
“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that, because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” - Harold Whitman
Photography is a democratic medium, in this modern day and age of digital photography and cell phones with cameras everyone can take photographs. They may not be great photographs but the process of taking pictures has become exceedingly easy. This is both good and bad.
It is good because it allows anyone with a creative mind to express her or his ideas without being bogged down with technique, like learning how to paint. This will present a great opportunity to those creative individuals. On the other hand, everyone snapping another picture, to clutter the closet, or more recently, the computer storage takes a little wind out of the photographic sail. This apparent ease of making pictures erroneously creates the impression that photographic art is easy.
Quite the contrary.
"Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men."
- Joseph Conrad
This site is broken down into sections and you can easily navigate through the site using the menus that are in the left of every page. Depending on the section you wish to visit a new menu will appear with extra places to look at .
I have tested this site using Microsoft Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome and Opera.
This site is powered by Joomla; driven by Apache2 (running under FPM) and MySql running on Ubuntu Linux. Web site optimization is performed by
Pink Floyd / Joomla / Apache / Mod_Pagespeed. The seperate galleries are powered by Piwigo. All of these incredible tools are published under the GPL2 license, without which sites like this would not be possible without heavy financial outlays.
Links to the above sites are only provided in case your suffering with severe insomnia and you desperately want to fall asleep at 3:00 in the morning reading "technical stuff" (except the link to Pink Floyd's - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) .
You can contact me on Skype - nigel.aves
Most of the photographs shown on these pages are available for sale, unless otherwise noted. All prints are produced professionally and of the highest quality available. Please contact me if you find something that you would like printed.
I am always wanting to work with new models, so if you fancy becoming a model for a day (or longer) or your a model looking for new portfolio photographs, please do not hesitate to contact me. These Photoshoots are have very reasonable prices and are highly affordable. Look under models for more information.
Your payment includes a CD with all photographs from the session on it. I will also provide high quality prints up to 13 X 19 inches using the best quality Epson ink available and on a paper of your choice (up to 3 prints included).
Minor digital editing is done as part of the package but if major editing is required this costs extra.
Twin Peaks Video is located in Longmont, Colorado, 80501